60 Minutes: Confederate Monuments

This stack of papers…..this stack of papers… I’m definitely one of those teachers. I love teaching; I hate grading papers. I’m sure there are more of us than not. Regardless, I keep giving writing assignments to my students. Call me crazy, but I’d rather see students reflect on what they learned rather than circle answers.Continue reading “60 Minutes: Confederate Monuments”

Displaying and Teaching the Confederate Flag in the Classroom (Part 2)

In a previous post I wrote about the new project I instituted in my United States History classes which deals with the Confederate Battle Flag. In short, the goal of the activity is to have students reflect on how they view the flag and to evaluate that view as the school year progresses. You can readContinue reading “Displaying and Teaching the Confederate Flag in the Classroom (Part 2)”

Displaying and Teaching the Confederate Flag in the Classroom (Part 1)

Update: Due to the agitating nature of some comments, further comments that are off topic or argumentative for the sake of arguing will not be approved. As always, if you have an argument to present and evidence to back it up, please post. I am looking for good resources to use in the classroom. ThanksContinue reading “Displaying and Teaching the Confederate Flag in the Classroom (Part 1)”

The Greatest Generation?

Just finished up a lesson on World War II with my U.S. History classes. Unfortunately, two snow days and the county’s reluctance to reschedule the standardized midterm meant that we as a class had to rush through a lot of content by Wednesday. Regardless, this is usually a fun lesson to teach due to theContinue reading “The Greatest Generation?”

“What Does the Confederate Battle Flag Mean to You?”

I decided to inhale my lunch today so I could blog this while it was fresh on my mind. On the first day back from Spring Break we, as a class, began our unit on the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. While discussing the States’ Rights Democratic Party (Dixiecrats) convention in 1948, and theContinue reading ““What Does the Confederate Battle Flag Mean to You?””

Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 6 (The Last Part)

Wel,l we wrapped up things at the Fed. with one last activity. It was a U.S. History activity but it focused primarily on Economic aspects. The activity, however, was engaging and I think I may incorporate that into the classroom at one point. We split into numerous “Expert Groups”. In these group, members went throughContinue reading “Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 6 (The Last Part)”

Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 5

Finally getting to a U.S. assignment. Sadly though, it was an activity far too familiar. Well, if ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Basically we recreated Henry Ford’s assembly line and specialization of labor. In groups, we created paper folded footballs. On a worksheet we were able to calculate expenditures vs time vs footballs made vsContinue reading “Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 5”

Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 4

Lunch break is over. And to get the ball rolling, they are showing us the latest episode of “No-Frills Money Skills” produced by the St. Louis Federal Reserve. That might have been the corniest video I have ever seen. After the video, the speaker introduced us to the Federal Reserve Education site. This is aContinue reading “Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 4”

Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 2

We are getting the ECON Lowdown, lowdown. This is a Fed. sponsored website and it costs teachers nothing. The sign-up process is comparable to other online systems. Enter name, email, school info. for records, etc. etc. My only note on signing up for the program is DO NOT use your school E-Mail. County network firewallsContinue reading “Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 2”

Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 1

Well, after sitting in Atlanta traffic for what seemed like a lifetime, I finally arrived. After going through security, a guide led me up stairs. This place is beyond luxurious. You can really see those tax dollars at work. The workshop itself is not in an auditorium  this year, but rather a big conference roomContinue reading “Live from the Atlanta Fed.: Part 1”